Do Not Quench The Holy Spirit
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines “to quench” as to put out, extinguish or subdue. The Greek word translated in this passage as “grieve” also means to snuff out. The context of the passage surrounding this verse contains Paul’s final instructions to the Christians in Thessalonica regarding their interaction with one another, the world and God.
One of the fruits of the Spirit, and a character attribute of Jesus, is joy. Expressing joy can become a more natural constant expression of a Christian the more one focuses on things that matter for eternity. Thinking about the consistent faithfulness of God towards us even when we fail in our faith towards Him causes us to be joyful in the midst of trials.
At first glance, “praying continually” seems impossible, or at the least, very impractical. However, prayer is conversation with God, and since His Holy Spirit is always in us and with us, an ongoing discussion with Him during our normal day can become a natural process. After all, He is our Friend, Helper and Counselor – someone we can converse with often.
An attitude of gratitude, or sincere ongoing thankfulness towards God, naturally results the more we focus on every good thing He has done and is doing in our lives.
If we are not joyful, prayerful and thankful, we quench the Holy Spirit of God.
In an attitude of constant conversation with the Spirit today express joy and sincere thanks.
This is God’s will for you today.
Dive Deeper: Study 1 Thessalonians 5.